Ayr Utd 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (Championship)

Ayr Utd 

0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Somerset Park. Att. 2,049
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Tope Obadeyi (6)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Greg Fleming
Nicky Devlin
Daryll Meggat
Rab Crawford
Alan Forrest
Gary Harkins
Paul Cairney
Jamie Adams
Ross Docherty
Conrad Balatoni
Scott McKenna
Cammy Bell .1
Lewis Toshney .6
Jamie Robson .24
Mark Durnan .4
William Edjenguélé .14
Charlie Telfer .12
Willo Flood .16
Scott Fraser .10
Tony Andreu .19
Blair Spittal .7
Tope Obadeyi .11

Jordan Hart
Brian Gilmour
Michael Rose
Craig McGuffie
Paddy Boyle
Andy O'Connell
Kevin Nisbet
Luis Zwick .21
Coll Donaldson .5
Stewart Murdoch .8
Seán Dillon .2
Scott Allardice .35
Nick van der Velden .23
Cammy Smith .15

Andy O'Connell for Jamie Adams (64)
Kevin Nisbet for Paul Cairney (73)
Brian Gilmour for Rab Crawford (81)
Cammy Smith for Tope Obadeyi (62)
Nick van der Velden for Willo Flood (69)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Derek Crothers & Gordon Crawford (Assistants)

Match Report

There was almost an early breakthrough for United. A Blair Spittal shot was deflected for a corner and Mark Durnan almost squeezed home Scott Fraser’s delivery. At the other end a late challenge by Jamie Robson on Rab Crawford earned the United full-back a lecture from the ref and Gary Harkins was on the end of the resultant free-kick, but his volley from close range was blocked. And in the aftermath, Charlie Telfer played the played the ball up to Tope Obadeyi who embarked on a run of over half the length of the pitch before rounding the keeper and steering the ball in form an acute angle for the opener. The home side reacted very positively to this setback and with Harkins and Nicky Devlin, in particular, causing problems. On 14 minutes only Lewis Toshney’s block on a Harkins shot prevented an equaliser, and a minute later, Cairney fired inches over. Having survived that spell of intense pressure, the game settled down, but Ayr continued to press forward with United relying on hitting on the counter attack. A mazy Alan Forest run almost unlocked the Tannadice rearguard, but a combination of Telfer and Robson eventually crowded him on. Eight minutes from the interval, the United goal had an amazing escape. Right-back Nicky Devlin drove in a low cross which Crawford met almost right on the line, only for Toshney to somehow divert the ball up and over the bar. The half came to a close with United having to defend deeply to hang on to their narrow advantage.

United made a bright start to the second period with Tony Andreu, Blair Spittal and Charlie Telfer all involved in some neat interplay culminating in Jamie Robson meeting a Willo Flood cross but unable to get enough purchase on his header. Seven minutes into the second period, Tony Andreu fired just wide from outside the box with United now much more on the front foot. Just after the hour mark, Manager Ray McKinnon took off goalscorer Obadeyi with Cammy Smith coming on as his direct replacement up top. With chances few and far between at either end, both sides made changes. In United’s case, Nick van der Velden taking over from Fraser. Underling the lack of goalmouth action a scuffed Spittal shot from the edge of the box was the first on target in the second half. It took the combined efforts of Cammy Bell and William Edjenguélé to clear the danger as Ayr stepped up their efforts in pursuit of a leveller. Ayr pressed hard in the closing stages but Willo Flood heading a dangerous clear was as close as the home side came to salvaging a point.

Match report written by Peter Rundo

Squad Statistics (as at December 10th, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Cammy Bell (GK)30 22 - 22 -
William Edjenguélé29 152152
Lewis Toshney24 181181
Jamie Robson18 141151
Mark Durnan24 173506
Charlie Telfer21 181515
Tony Andreu28 149149
Willo Flood31 1921717
Blair Spittal20 19 - 879
Scott Fraser21 213585
Tope Obadeyi27 202202
Nick van der Velden (sub)34 213213
Cammy Smith (sub)21 205205

League Table (as at December 10th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 16 10 4 2 +20 34
2. DUNDEE UTD 16 10 4 2 +13 34
3. Falkirk 16 7 5 4 +5 26
4. Morton 15 6 5 4 +5 23
5. Raith Rovers 15 6 5 4 +4 23
6. QOS 16 5 4 7 -6 19
7. Dunfermline 16 4 4 8 -7 16
8. Ayr Utd 16 4 4 8 -10 16
9. Dumbarton 16 3 5 8 -9 14
10. St Mirren 16 2 4 10 -15 10

League results since United's last match
3rd December 2016
Dunfermline1-1Ayr Utd
Falkirk3-1St Mirren
6th December 2016
QOS2-3St Mirren
10th December 2016
Ayr Utd0-1Dundee Utd
St Mirren1-0Raith Rovers